SEATTLE — Consumers are altering their eating habits to cut down on at-home meal costs, according to an online survey conducted earlier this month by Allrecipes.com. Four in 10 (40%) respondents reported that they’ve stopped buying food items because of cost; 38% are serving smaller portions to make food last longer; 22% are skipping meals or have considered skipping meals to make sure their kids have enough food; and 46% say the U.S. government should be more active in regulating food prices. Searches for cost-efficient recipes are also on the rise. Allrecipe.com reports that home cooks looked for ways to make their own French toast, spaghetti sauce and pie crust. Searches for chicken, one of the most inexpensive proteins, were also common.
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